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Brighton vs Crystal Palace Prediction & Team News



As expected the M23 derby is sold out as Crystal Palace travels to the Amex Stadium for the second match between these two rivals this season. All Eagles fans will remember the first match at Selhurst Park as it was one of a few games this season that Palace couldn’t see out even after leading for the majority of the match. Zaha’s first-half penalty wasn’t enough to secure the win as a painful injury-time equaliser from Maupay made it 1-1.

Brighton goes into the match in 9th with a game in hand to the Eagles. They are on 27 points going into the match, four points above Palace who sit in 12th place. With key players for both sides playing in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), it’s going to be an exciting match-up between these two rivals.

Keep reading to see the team news from today’s pre-match press conferences, as well as our score prediction.

Crystal Palace Team News

Before Viera’s press conference today we already knew that Zaha, Ayew, and Kouyate would be unavailable for the derby as they’re away for the AFCON tournament. We expect that this will mean Olise and Eze will get game time and most probably start, especially Olise after his outstanding performance against Millwall in the FA Cup.

It’s also been confirmed that James McArthur and James Tomkins will both miss the match due to injuries. So, we expect to see Will Hughes starting in the centre of the park along with Gallagher and probably Schlupp as we saw last weekend.

Tomkins filled in for Andersen when he was out injured, but unless anything happens before tomorrow’s match we expect to see Guehi and Andersen starting. One of them is going to have to keep close to Maupay who seems to thrive in this fixture and it will most likely be Guehi to do so.

Viera is hopeful that Guaita will be fit for the game after not even featuring on the bench against Millwall. Jack Butland’s mix-up at the back that gifted Millwall the opening goal won’t be out of people’s minds just yet and Brighton will plan to exploit his vulnerabilities if he’s the one to start. Guaita isn’t perfect though, he was the one who played the ball to Maupay in the match in September for the equaliser.

Olise down the right-wing against Cucurella is going to be a contest that you don’t want to miss. These two young players both still have a lot to prove and will want to make a mark on this game.

When Viera was asked about potential transfers in this window this is what he had to say.

“We never spoke about numbers. We try to improve the squad, we talk about which part of the team and the game that we need to improve. I spoke a lot with the chairman and Dougie about the feeling I have and what we are missing and what part of the game we need to improve. If it happens it is good but if it doesn’t I’m happy with the players.”

If Mateta finalises a move away from Selhurst Park, we can see a replacement for him, but if not, we doubt Palace will add to the squad.

Brighton Team News

Brighton only has one player away at AFCON, but it is Bissouma, arguably their best player who has even been linked with a move to Liverpool and Arsenal. Graham Potter knows better than anyone, that football is a team game and so one player missing isn’t going to make too much of a difference.

That said, two key players that are out with injuries are Lewis Dunk and Enock Mwepu. Brighton this week has recalled the young Ecuadorian midfielder, Moises Caicedo, who was on loan at Belgian side K. Beerschot V.A.

Brighton goes into the game following a 2-1 away win against West Brom. It did go to extra time so it wasn’t as comfortable as they would have hoped for. With this in mind and the fact they have some key players missing, Palace should go into the game feeling confident. However, Brighton will know that Palace’s away record is one of the worst in the leagues.

This resilient Brighton side will also remember clearly Maupay’s equaliser which saw them fighting until the whistle. Potter even had this to say about it in his pre-match press conference.

“Late goals have been a strength for us this season and it’s an important thing to have as a team…If you think of Fergie time, it’s about being able to keep going right until the end.”

Brighton vs Crystal Palace prediction

With Brighton playing at home it’s going to be a tough encounter for Palace. They like to keep possession of the ball and so there will be times in the game when the Eagles have to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Both sides are without key players, but Bissouma missing for Brighton is going to be a big loss in the centre of the field. With Palace’s poor away record, only 1 away win all season, it’s hard to say that the Eagles are going to come out with the victory, but then again, anything can happen in a derby like this one.

We predict that it will be a score draw, we’re going for 1-1, the same as the first match of the season between these two.

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Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction



The City Ground with Forest & Palace badges

With just one more match left to play before the Premier League breaks up for the World Cup, Palace travel to Nottingham in what will be a tight match between the two sides.

Crystal Palace managed to get their first away win of the campaign only last week when they beat West Ham 2-1. They didn’t manage to get to the next round of the League Cup though after going out to Newcastle on penalties in midweek. That said, some key players were rested and the players that came in did well.

Nottingham Forest currently sit joint bottom of the table and will want to go into the break not there. They managed to beat a tired Tottenham Hotspurs side in midweek in the League Cup but were unlucky to only draw with Brentford last weekend.

Keep reading to see the team news and our Nottingham Forest vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries & more

It seems as though Edouard will reaming out for this fixture with Notts Forest unless Vieira states otherwise in his pre-match press conference. The Frenchman picked up a knock which made him miss the match with West Ham and the game against Newcastle in the Cup.

James McArthur is still out and Vieira will be pleased that he’s got additional time to rest now with the Premier League not back until Boxing Day. Nathan Ferguson is another who will still be working hard to recover in time for the restart then.

Chris Richards is another player that remains out and so he’s missing out on the U.S. men’s World Cup squad. Goalkeeper Jack Butland is still out too with a wrist injury.

Will Hughes played the full match against Newcastle and so did Milivojevic as the Palace manager rested Doucoure. Zaha and Eze were completely rested too so we expect to see them both start against Forest.

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries & more

Former Palace player, Cheikhou Kouyate, is a doubt for the match against The Eagles. He’s looked the same solid player when he’s featured for Forest. Scott McKenna is another player who is a doubt for the home side.

Forest do have some players definitely out of the fixture though including, Biancone, Toffolo, Richards, and Niakhate. Mangala will also miss the match due to being sent off against Tottenham in the League Cup win.

After rumours that Forest could be willing to sell Jesse Lingard in the January transfer window, he managed to score in that match.

Forest vs Palace Prediction

These two sides haven’t played a competitive match against each other since Crystal Palace were last in the Championship back in 2012. Even though Forest are sat in 20th position with 10 points, you can tell Steve Cooper has had a great impact since joining them last season.

We expect the City Ground to be rocking for this game just like it was when they beat Liverpool 1-0 at home a few weeks ago. Both sides will be hungry for a win to go into the break with their heads held high.

That’s why it’s a tricky match to predict. That’s why our Crystal Palace vs Forest prediction is a 1-1 score draw. Palace have come from behind a couple of times already this season and we can see that happening again, but not being able to get fully over the line.

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West Ham vs Crystal Palace Match Preview & Prediction



West Ham & Crystal Palace badges over the London Stadium

Crystal Palace don’t have to travel far this weekend as they face David Moyes’ West Ham at the London Stadium. The Eagles go into the game after winning at home against Southampton last weekend.

West Ham lost 1-0 to Manchester United in their last Premier League fixture, but they did manage to win 3-0 on Thursday night in the Europa Conference League.

Palace go into the match having not won an away match all season and with only two league matches left, Vieira will want that to change!

Keep reading for team news as well as our West Ham vs Crystal Palace prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries & more

The Eagles could be without two of their top players of the season so far, Edouard and Doucoure.

Vieira said in his pre-match press conference that Edouard will be assessed after Saturday’s training session. Doucoure managed to train Friday with the team so he’ll also be assessed on Saturday to see if he can play.

Club captain Milivojevic stepped up against Southampton with a solid performance. Mateta might get his chance to impress too if Edouard isn’t match fit.

Also, Crystal Palace are still without long-term absentees James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson. Chris Richards is also still unavailable which is a shame for him as he’s likely to miss out on the World Cup with the U.S national team.

Will Hughes got some minutes last weekend in the win against Southampton, but he don’t see him starting the match. Olise, Eze, and Zaha all looked lively against The Saints, so we expect them to be up for this rival match with West Ham

West Ham team news, injuries & more

Paqueta could be back in the squad for The Hammers after a month out with a shoulder injury.

Aguerd played his first 90 minutes in the week after being out for more than 3 months. West Ham’s injury list is getting smaller though and Moyes said that we could see the likes of Fabianski, Cornet, and Coelho de Lima return to the squad along with Paqueta.

West Ham’s talisman, Declan Rice, will play centrally along with Soucek so Palace will need to make sure they’re strong in midfield to not allow these two to have too much time on the ball.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace Prediction

Crystal Palace are looking for their first away win in the premier league this season so we’re not confident they can beat London rivals West Ham to do that.

West Ham lost last weekend to Man United but won 3-0 in the week in the Europa conference league.

The London stadium is now somewhat of a fortress for the Hammers after a few years of not-great results at home after the switch from Upton Park.

We’re going for a 2-1 win for West Ham, but we think it’ll be a close one. Hopefully, the Thursday night match away in Romania has made the West Ham players a bit fatigued so Palace might get something from the game.

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Crystal Palace vs Southampton Match Preview & Prediction



Crystal Palace and Southampton Logos over Selhurst Park

After a disappointing 3-0 defeat against Everton away last weekend, The Eagles are going to have to hope their decent home form can continue against Southampton on Saturday. The Saints managed to draw with league leaders Arsenal 1-1 in their last match and with only one point separating them from Palace they’ll be hungry to get the win.

We expect it to be a physical match as Southampton showed they’re capable of against Arsenal. As featured in The Athletic, Palace have been lacking “some snarl” and if Southampton come to Selhurst Park and manage to bully The Eagles, we could see it not being a great result for Palace.

Keep reading for a look at the team news for both sides as well as our Crystal Palace vs Southampton prediction.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries & more

We’ll start the Crystal Palace team news by saying that it will be good to have Doucoure back after his one-match suspension for getting five yellow cards. He was missed a lot in the match with Everton, especially without McArthur’s absence. The Scot is unlikely to be available for this match with The Saints still.

Nathan Ferguson and Nathaniel Clyne are definitely not going to be fit and it’s unclear when they’re likely to be back in contention. Chris Richards is another Palace player out with it not clear when he’ll be returning to the squad.

Will Hughes didn’t come off the bench against Everton after missing two games with an illness before that match. We doubt Vieira will start Milivojevic on Saturday as Doucoure will slot back into that defensive midfield role.

Southampton team news, injuries & more

Southampton still have the same long-term absentees that won’t be available until after the World Cup. These are Kyle Walker-Peters and Valentino Livramento. It’s a shame for Walker-Peters as he’d been called up with England and could’ve been a good backup option in case any right-backs get injured from now until the start of the tournament.

Two more players that are a doubt for the match with Crystal Palace are Armel Bella-Kotchap and Romeo Lavia. Other than that, Southampton have a full squad. Ainsley Maitland-Niles will also be able to return to the team after not being able to face his parent club, Arsenal, last weekend.

We expect to see a lively affair, as always, between Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse and Wilfried Zaha.

Crystal Palace vs Southampton Prediction

Crystal Palace host Southampton on Saturday afternoon for what will be a tight match, we believe. The last three matches between these two teams have seen no clean sheets so we’re expecting goals!

Palace will be wanting to bounce back after the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Everton last weekend. Whereas, Southampton’s confidence will be high after causing Arsenal trouble last weekend to get a 1-1 draw.

Our Crystal Palace vs Southampton prediction is 2-2. We can see an early goal for the away team with The Eagles fighting for a comeback later on in the match. We’ve been wrong before though! We will be looking at the over cards markets to see if the odds are enticing.

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